Transforming Foreign Aid: United States Assistance in the 21st Century


The phenomenon of foreign aid began at the end of World War II & has survived the Cold War. How should the United States now spend its foreign aid to support its interests & values in the new century? In this study, Carol Lancaster takes a fresh look at all US foreign aid programs & asks whether their purposes, organization & management are appropriate to US interests in the world of the 21st century. Lancaster finds that US aid in the new century, if it is to be an effective tool of US foreign policy, needs to be transformed. Its purposes need to be refocused & its organization & management brought into line with those purposes. Those purposes include support for peace-making, addressing transnational issues, providing for humane concerns & responding to humanitarian emergencies. Traditional programs aimed at promoting development, democracy & economic & political transitions in former socialist countries will not disappear but they will have less priority than in the past. These new sets of purposes, promoting both US interests & values abroad, also offer a policy paradigm around which a new political consensus can be created that will support US aid in the 21st century. Transforming Foreign Aid should be of particular interest to professors, students & researchers of international affairs, foreign policy, political science & political economy. August 2000. 100 pages. ISBN: paper 0-88132-291-1. $15.95. "Lancaster provides new & thoughtful insights into the historical developments of U. S. foreign aid, the institutional relationships guiding such aid. The book provides very innovative suggestions & should play a significant role in the ongoing & future debate about U. S. foreign assistance."-Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • C. Fred Bergsten
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Washington, DC
Publication year:
  • 2000